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Old 03-28-2013, 11:48 AM   #241
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With my brake being on the right side of the bike the left foot braking thing can prove to be problematic.
I'm sorry, I thought you rode sidesaddle.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:54 PM   #242
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For the cage gas/brake thing:
Since I'm all automatic I of course brake with my left foot, cause it's faster, easier to handle (footle? ^^) and safer.


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The question you'd have to ask yourself is - will my life EXPECTANCY be affected by my proposed action - in your case a decision to spend your time in traffic ONE SECOND behind the driver in front of you, rather than the recommended 3 seconds
All in all my actions increase my life expectancy compared to many others - at least on the street. But independend of the recommended 1.8 seconds(!) just surviving isn't what one should be aimed at in life.

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If nothing else - at least acknowledge that while riding you will have NO TIME AT ALL, to enjoy the ANY OTHER VIEW, than the brake lights of the vehicle in front of you. Hope they're nice and shiny
It would be stupid to stare at the brake lights of the vehicle in front of you. The more the closer it is. On the other hand if your "any other view" is not related to the street and your surrounding traffic, that's stupid as well. (I'm also no friend of using the GPS or speed signs to choose your speed.)
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:34 PM   #243
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:35 PM   #244
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You do realize the "heal and toe" refer to clutch, brake and gas, with the gas and brake actuated by the right foot, right?

http://www.drivingfast.net/car-contr...e-shifting.htm

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Yes sir I am aware of how most people heel and toe, but I also use my left foot for heavy braking situations when you need to match your rpm's to keep the wheels from wheel hopping.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:09 PM   #245
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I've heard of throwing rocks, ball bearings, spark plugs, and now pennies, over the shoulder to back off tailgaters. Does it occur to these folks how vulnerable they really are on a moto? However fast they can ride, they still risk having a raging driver behind them in a multi-ton killing machine.

I don't carry a whip on my handlebar, and I'm a right-handed shooter, so that isn't gonna work for me either ( I doubt I'd be a very effective shot anyway, while trying to ride a bike). This kinda stuff reminds me of an old video game Road Rash.

I've never had luck speeding up, as the cars always catch up on the straights. If I can't get over to let them by, I've had luck simply waving them back. Often they don't realize how close they really are.

Pissing someone off and risking an escalation is the last thing I want out on the road. Too many instances of average folks killing each other. A while back, a small incident escalated to a point where one guy killed another with a crossbow, of all things, while the dead/dying guy's kid sat in the front seat watching. Both people were average, 9to5 family people whose tempers got the best of them. So go ahead and be a penny-chucking badass if you want to be.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:13 AM   #246
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Jesus Christ, I can't believe I sat here and read this entire thread!
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:25 AM   #247
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Jesus Christ, I can't believe I sat here and read this entire thread!
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:30 AM   #248
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Left foot braking = brake lights constantly on. I'm sure there's someone out there who doesn't, but everyone I know who left foot brakes leaves their foot there, eventually pushing the pedal down enough to trip the brake lights on. They are also the type who complain about how fast their car wears out the brake pads/shoes.

Had a lovely tailgater the other day. A most determined lady. No matter what I did, she'd invariably find her way behind me again and again. Oh, she might shoot on ahead, as far as a quarter mile. But she'd filter back again and return to my backside, trying to polish my licence plate with her bumper.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:43 AM   #249
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I remember seeing on Top Gear (British version) that at least some of the pro racers use left foot braking on the track. I bet few, if any, of us drive at that level on the street.
Most rally drivers brake left footed now that they've gone to sequential transmissions.

Me? Right foot only.

My college roommate did the left foot braking thing. IDK if it contributed to it, but he lost control on a patch of black ice and snapped his pelvis in half when he hit whatever it is he hit. My best guess is he'd stomped the brake pedal to the floor and was braced like that when he hit. I wasn't there...

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Old 04-30-2013, 09:55 AM   #250
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Left foot braking = brake lights constantly on. I'm sure there's someone out there who doesn't, but everyone I know who left foot brakes leaves their foot there, eventually pushing the pedal down enough to trip the brake lights on. They are also the type who complain about how fast their car wears out the brake pads/shoes.
Sloppy driving. Those are same ones who ride the clutch on a manual trans vehicle.

For a good many years, I ran emissions tests on a chassis dyno and had to two-foot to drive the schedule properly. I still drive that way, and have never had a problem with it. It reduces reaction time considerably.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:19 AM   #251
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I still drive that way, and have never had a problem with it. It reduces reaction time considerably.
That's what the people I know who left foot brake all say. Riding/driving behind them, I'd say different. Of course, they've never followed themselves and watched their brake lights constantly glowing.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:40 AM   #252
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That's what the people I know who left foot brake all say. Riding/driving behind them, I'd say different. Of course, they've never followed themselves and watched their brake lights constantly glowing.
That's them. Not me. You'd never notice those of us who are superbly co-ordinated and don't ride the brake. We appear to be ordinary one footed drivers.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:06 PM   #253
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What if you need to drive a stick someday
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:47 PM   #254
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What if you need to drive a stick someday
I do, regularly. And heel-and-toe as well. I also own motorcycles that shift on both sides using both standard and inverted shift patterns. And I once had an Indian with left hand throttle and right side hand shift.

Guess it just comes naturally.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:13 AM   #255
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I do, regularly. And heel-and-toe as well. I also own motorcycles that shift on both sides using both standard and inverted shift patterns. And I once had an Indian with left hand throttle and right side hand shift.

Guess it just comes naturally.
Better than I can manage. I can't even ride a quad because of my bike experience.

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